21 September 2009
The day my life changed
In a life filled with stumbling blocks my father has always been my anchor.
Then one day my anchor was taken from me and I was set adrift. The last time I got to
see my dad was Christmas Eve of 1998. We had made plans to get together early because
that was going to be the first Christmas we didn't spend together. We gathered together
at my grandmothers home for our Christmas dinner and the smell of the food cooking on
the stove made your mouth water and your stomach growl. I remember seeing my dad stand up
and smile, that smile of pleasure and welcome home. He greeted me and my brother with a
hug and kiss. I didn't know that would be one of the last hugs I would ever receive from my
dad. We ate our dinner and talked of the things that we would be doing the following day.
I was excited about going to West Virginia to meet my boyfriends family. We talked of that and what
my dad was doing at his job. We just spent our time enjoying each others company and being together
I remember my dad having a cold and had asked him to go to the doctor and get checked. He had told
me that he just had a physical and everything was okay. It made me feel better to know that my dad
had already went to the doctor. I was always the one to worry about his health and he would always say
that I worried to much. I just remember that his cough sounded really bad .and I thought that he needed
to take better care of his self. The evening went fast and I was ready to go so that I could go home and
pack for the coming trip. I said good bye to my grandparents and told them I would see them soon. I
hugged and kissed my dad and told him I would see him as soon as I got back and that I loved him. I
also asked him to go and get some medicine for his cough. My dad told me that he would and for me to
stop worrying. He wished me a safe trip and to call as soon as we got to Erick's sisters house.
I went home and packed I remember being nervous and excited about meeting Erick's family. I woke
up early feeling a little uneasy but thought that it wad due to the coming trip. I was so nervous this was
all new for me. I remember the day being cloudy and cold but know sign of rain at least not in South
Carolina. We put our stuff in the car and was on our way to West Virginia. The drive was nice we talk
and listened to the radio at one point we stopped to get gas and all the gas stations were closed due to
the ice storm they had the night before. We finally found one that was opened and we had to wait in
line for about thirty minutes.
We were not far from Erick's sisters house so I started getting ready to
meet everyone. I put my make-up on and try to do something with my hair. I wanted to make a good
impression. We finally arrived around one in the afternoon everyone came out to meet us I was
welcomed with opened arms. It made me fell like I was at home. We went in and started opening
presents because they had been waiting on us to get their. After Erick's sister had to go to work so
everyone else decided to take a nap. Erick and I stayed in the living room watching some show on tv
I remember it being kinda funny. The telephone started ringing and no one answered the fist time then
it rang again and I told Erick to go answer it. So he got up and went into the kitchen to answer the...
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